NOVEMBER 18, 2013
HORNBLOWER CAPTAIN RICHARD GOBEN HONORED WITH MARITIME PERSON OF THE YEAR
The International Propeller Club honors Captain Goben in recognition for his service to the maritime industry
San Diego, California (November 18, 2013) – Captain Richard Goben, Port Captain of Hornblower Cruises & Events in San Diego, received an international maritime award at the 87th Annual Convention and Maritime Industry Conference in Arlington, Virginia in October.
International Propeller Club of the United States honored Captain Goben as the 2013 Maritime Person of the Year. The Propeller Club was formed in 1927 in order to support shipping and the maritime industry. Goben was given this honor “in recognition of service as an ambassador on behalf of the maritime industry and in gratitude for tireless advocacy for maritime safety and security”.
Captain Goben is a licensed ship Master and has worked in the San Diego cruise industry as the Port Captain for Hornblower Cruises and Events for over 25 years, as well as serves on the board of the San Diego Port of the Propeller Club. Goben also volunteers as Captain of the oldest iron hulled sailing ship in the world, the “Star of India,” built in 1863. Most recently the Star of India celebrated her 150th Birthday with three historic days of sailing with Captain Richard at the helm.
Goben’s past awards include the “Roger Murphy National Safety Award” from the Passenger Vessel Association, the “Outstanding Leadership Award” from the Naval Order of the United States, and the “Creative Innovation in Sailing Programming” award from US Sailing. Captain Richard is also a past recipient of Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International Gold Key Award.
Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in the United States for over 32 years. The company has operates 32 vessels in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina Del Rey, San Diego and New York City. In addition, Hornblower San Diego offers seasonal Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventures and year round Harbor Cruises. For more information visit, www.hornblower.com/pressroom.
The Propeller Club of the United States was formed as a national and international organization in 1927. “Propeller” in the name refers to the propulsion of ships and is symbolic of the driving force required to communicate the need for an adequate, privately-owned merchant marine for both overseas and domestic commerce. Today, the International Propeller Club of the United States is an international business network dedicated to the promotion of the maritime industry, commerce and global trade. There are more than 80 Ports in maritime locations around the world, including almost 30 in foreign cities. For more information, visit www.propellerclubhq.com.